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"What order should I play the Half-life series in?" question
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Reading order questions are very common for longer series of books or complex cases like Terry Pratchett's Discworld. And for game series the same issues apply as with books. While the answers can be ...

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Of spoilers, plot twists and our mission
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Spoiler tags are not very accessible on mobile platforms. Works fine on my tablet and my phone, one tap and the spoiler text appears. If spoiler tags are broken on any of the supported browsers, we ...

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Arqade's updated site theme is ready for testing!
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Animation: status-completed UPDATE - The ship only fires once per page load after a five second delay. Adding hover or click to this does make it more complicated as it makes the base code for this ...

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Make a special tag class for "game tags".
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The game tags are the only consistently useful tags for me. I'd fully support making those tags special. The game tags should be displayed in a different color always used in the title if present (...

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When should we edit game names out of question titles? And why?
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Game names in titles are not necessary, as the name is already in a tag. The general guidelines is to avoid putting tags in the title, unless the tag fits in naturally. So the following would be bad ...

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Why show question editors?
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There are two topics mixed up here, one is a pattern of editing you find inappropriate, the second is whether the user who edited last should be shown. To answer the latter question, the history of ...

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Do typos or grammatical errors in titles warrant an edit more than ones in the body?
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The title is important, fixing any error in the title is a good enough reason to edit a question, even if it is older. Fixing a typo or bad grammar in the title is never too minor of an edit, unless ...

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Gaming Grant Rework Proposal -- 20 games every two weeks
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If we perform the rounds relatively frequently as indicated now, I don't see why users should receive more than 1 game each per round. I think it would make more sense to have each user choose only ...

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Are good questions necessarily linked to research effort?
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Duplication of content is not a bad thing, as long as we are adding something that makes our answers useful. Better discoverability is one aspect that often makes our answers more useful than other ...

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What can we do if some site copies our content?
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If Quora wants to pay for that kind of low-effort content, they're free to do that. They seem to only use the title, which isn't really enough in my opinion to make it plagiarism. There are only so ...

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What should we do with answers containing only a link to relevant information?
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If the author does not improve the answer and if no other user goes ahead and edits the post, it should be converted to a comment. It still might contain valuable information, but a link alone is not ...

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Cleaning up the game promotion grants
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The principles behind the current method were pretty simple, we have 10 copies of game X and the 10 people with the most reputation that are interested get the game. Each user can only apply for 2 ...

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Let's use the MathJax extension for equations like Math SE
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MathJax is not exactly a lightweight solution. If it could be selectively enabled only on questions that actually use it, I would agree with this. I don't think we use mathematical formulas enough to ...

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Is the community sponsorship program working a little too well?
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As I'm the user that posts the most excessive amount of questions about the Witcher 2, I feel obliged to respond. As far as I know you are correct and all the users you mentioned are part of the ...

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All of my questions have already been asked!
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I'm always surprised how many more good questions can be asked at a point where I thought that we should have run out of questions long ago. I started the ME3 contest later due to the european release ...

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"User Was Removed." What does that mean?
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When a user is deleted for any reason (usually either a spammer, or someone requests themselves to have their account deleted) all of their votes are deleted with them. This means, that if the user ...

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How do we handle harmful answers?
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Answers that are intentionally misleading and harmful should simply be removed, flagging them as abusive would be justified in my opinion. This would apply to answers like "try rm -rf /" and similar ...

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Clarifying titles for the more generic-sounding questions
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This is only a problem because we only have the one-size-fits-all SE tag engine, and the organization of our site does not map very well onto the rather limited tag system. A more powerful tagging ...

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Do I get rep back from answers I downvoted who are then banned?
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That grey avatar does not mean the user is banned, it means the user was deleted or destroyed. The state of the user is irrelevant for your reputation, the state of the posts you downvoted is ...

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If a moderator closes and then reopens a question and then deletes all the comments, how do I even know what's up?
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If you click on the "edited" link at the bottom of the question you can see the history of the question. This shows exactly who closed it and who reopened it. Deleting comments that are not necessary ...

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Why is our conversion rate so low?
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I think you're underestimating the value of an existing community like the Ubuntu one. They have an existing community and just now are using a Q&A site, that is a huge advantage compared to us. ...

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Is a question a duplicate just because it asks for something that can be part of another question's answer?
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There are two problematic issues when closing a specific question as a duplicate of a broader one: If the broader one does not already answer the specific issue, even though it would be part of a ...

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Gaming chat guidelines
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The 30 minute suspension is an automatic consequence of a spam/offensive flag in chat being declared valid. Those flags are shown to 10k users (cumulative reputation on all SE sites) and moderators on ...

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Should questions about obsoleted mechanics be simply removed?
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I'd keep the content but close it as too localized. The disclaimer you suggest should also be added. I don't really know the game, but if there are equivalent or similar mechanics that can achieve the ...

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Tag for Beyond Earth
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10 votes

I retagged both questions to civilization-beyond-earth, this just fits into the 25 character limit, so there is no need to abbreviate.

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Duplicate Questions: A New Look
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I agree with the idea in general, and I've argued for some subset of this in the past. The most problematic case in my view was the one where the new question is a very specific one, and closed as a ...

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Answer has been edited after being flagged
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The usual reaction to that kind of first post is account destruction. Even now I'd say that this is still the correct action, the user obviously isn't participating in good faith. The answer is also ...

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Should a GTA 5 tag be made ready?
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Tags can't be created in isolation, they have to be created on a question. There is no question about GTA 5 right now (I assume), and posting any would be against our rules for unreleased games. I ...

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Why were the Unicode characters removed from this question?
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The unicode characters in question are the following: U+2B55 : HEAVY LARGE CIRCLE {basic symbol for speed limit} U+2573 : BOX DRAWINGS LIGHT DIAGONAL CROSS I can see a good argument here that these ...

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Do we have some kind of anti-spoiler policy for question titles?
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We have edited out serious spoilers in titles in the past, I'll use one of my own questions about Mass Effect 3 as an example. My original question contained a spoiler about a character dying in the ...

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